Whether you are doing your part to keep the environment clean or are wanting a bit of cash in your pocket, metal recycling is always a great idea. Most metals (including copper, brass, stainless steel and ferrous metals) can be scrapped, melted down, and reused. This puts less stress on finding new materials.
Metal scrap is ether non-ferrous or ferrous metal. When recycling, it’s important to know the difference so that it can be separated out for faster service.
What are Ferrous Metals
Ferrous metals are either iron or iron alloy metals. Iron is a naturally occurring metal that can be commonly found in mining. Steel is created when iron is combined with carbon. Steel is one of the most used building materials on our planet. Vehicles, appliances, and construction materials make up much of the recycled materials, but cans and steel containers can also be recycled.
Any other metal that does not contain iron is a non-ferrous. A way to figure out whether scrap is ferrous or non-ferrous is using a magnet. Magnets are attracted to iron, which helps to tell the difference. If the magnet does not stick to the metal, it could possibly be aluminum or some other non-ferrous material.
Why Should You Recycle?
While iron is plentiful in the Earth’s surface, it is not easy to mine. It is much cheaper to recycle steel. In fact, many new cars are built with at least 50% recycled steel along with new construction. Unlike many materials, steel retains its physical properties no matter how many times it’s recycled. This makes it a great choice for reuse.
Recycling also saves energy. When recycling used steel, less energy is required to recycle it compared to refining new iron ore.
Recyclable steel includes:
- Industrial scrap
- Rebar or construction beams
- Train rails
- Roofing iron
- Home appliances
Steel is one of the most recycled materials in the world. With over 60 million metric tons being recycled yearly, it is one of the most used materials for many industries. ASM Recycling in Mobile, AL would like to assist you in your recycling needs. We offer great prices for your steel scrap and also accept non-ferrous metals as well as electronic recycling. Contact us for more details.